SAPD Book Club & Speaker Series

The main objective of the SAPD is to research, share and publicize stories of the early pioneers of Southern Alberta. Here in Southern Alberta, many share our objective — museums, galleries, researchers and authors. Come learn from them while sharing our own stories in this new series. Help us find the best research on the history of Southern Alberta by recommending speakers and inviting guests. Come, and add your stories to the discussions. The first events in the series will be February 14, March 14 and April 11.

Free admission. Consider purchasing books at the events or borrowing them from your local library for your own research and discussion. Spread the word.

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Wed, April 11, 7 pm, Memorial Building, 3625 - 4 Street SW
Public, Free Admission

Tickets are free, but please BOOK A TICKET NOW or arrive at the venue early as seating is limited.
Topic: Story telling based on the book, She Made Them Family: A Wartime Scrapbook from the Prairies.
Featuring Anne Gafiuk

Anne will join us for an evening of storytelling based on her book, She Made Them Family: A Wartime Scrapbook from the Prairies. It is a collection of letters, book covers, photos, anecdotes, magazine and newspaper clippings from The Second World War compiled by Mrs. Alice Spackman, Okotoks, Alberta.

Shelley McElroy from SAPD sat down with Anne to talk about her life as a writer and to get a preview of what people can look forward to at her talk on April 11, 2018!

SAPD: She Made Them Family is about a woman from Southern Alberta who documented the lives and adventures of her whole community, which was worldwide by the end of the book! You'll be at the Southern Alberta Pioneers to tell us more about it in April. What can people look forward to?

Anne: Alice Spackman was a young woman who came to Alberta in 1913, looking for a bit of an adventure, teaching in a one room-school house. I will share some of her life story, how her family took part in WWII, and how she and her husband opened their home to young men and women also served Canada and the British Commonwealth during the Second World War. Mrs. Spackman left a legacy, as did other women in Okotoks and area. I will also share some of their stories.

SAPD: What inspires you? How do you find stories that you love and want to tell?

Anne: I do not go looking for the stories; they seem to find me! Serendipity? Fate? Being in the right place at the right time? All the above! My curiosity is often piqued when someone I am talking to tells me a story. Often they have questions they do not have the answers to and that inspires me to go looking. A person will say, "I know someone who you should talk to." I visit with them and they, in turn, suggest I speak to others. And the cycle continues, often taking me to Ottawa, the library and archives to delve into files where I find more stories.